Inside the Quirky Abode of Apartment Therapy's Founder

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Photos by Wendy Goodman for New York

New York magazine recently took a turn around the new Manhattan pad of Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, unveiling photos of a strange little dwelling filled with a bunch of strange little decorations: a knitted handsaw pillow here, a chunk of Christmas lights on the floor there. In the living room alone there are "islands of bright-pink carpet" splotched with sheepskin throws and a rotary phone on the floor as a centerpiece. Of course, the magazine doesn't really talk about any of that stuff, opting to instead pick up on the soft, normal aspects of the apartment, pointing out the "soothing palette of soft-wheat and mushroom" and the Arne Jacobson standing lamps that "add exactly the right amount of light."

New York also spins a yarn about Ryan's dining table, a custom build inspired by a Carl Hansen design he eyed in London. In true Apartment Therapy fashion, Ryan—whose last abode to make its print debut was an equally idiosyncratic Hamptons beach house—made a prototype table of plywood, then "rubbed it down with brown shoe polish." He said he "might keep it as it is."

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Photos by Wendy Goodman for New York

Do head over to New York magazine for the full story.

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